To mark its 25th Anniversary, the Foundation is looking for 25 young people, aged 25 or under, who are making important contributions to New Zealand-Asia relations now and have the potential to contribute substantially in the future.
25 to Watch is the Foundation’s way of recognising and celebrating impressive young people who not only appreciate that New Zealand’s present and future – economically, culturally and socially – are firmly tied to Asia, but who have also taken action to contribute to greater understanding and stronger relations, says Foundation executive director Simon Draper.
“In the last 25 years we have seen many inspirational leaders who helped strengthen New Zealand’s relations with Asia. And as we look ahead, we want to develop the next generation of leaders. These are the high achievers who are already demonstrating maturity beyond their years and an ability to inspire and engage others. They are people to watch.”
25 to Watch nominations are open across five categories:
Business and entrepreneurship
Young people who either through their study, work, entrepreneurism or other projects are contributing to building New Zealand’s business relations with Asia and/or greater awareness of the business opportunities and challenges Asia provides.
Education, science and research
Young people who are contributing to a greater understanding of Asia and/or New Zealand-Asia relations in the fields of education, science and innovation, or research.
Community and not-for-profit
Young people who are contributing to a greater understanding of Asia and/or New Zealand-Asia relations through their work at the community level or through the not-for-profit sector.
Media, arts, culture and sports
Young people using media, arts, culture or sports to strengthen understanding of Asia and New Zealand-Asia relations. This could include work in these sectors.
Young people engaged with the public sector (at either local or national level) through study, work or other projects who are contributing to a greater understanding of Asia and/or New Zealand-Asia relations.
Nominations close on August 26. 25 to Watch awardees will be recognised at a special ceremony in October and be provided leadership development opportunities.
About the Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono
Established in 1994, the Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono is the pre-eminent non-profit, non-partisan organisation in the country focussed on equipping New Zealanders to be confident and engaged with Asia. The Foundation provides experiences to enable deeper connections, awareness and knowledge in its core programme areas: arts, business, education, entrepreneurship, leadership, media (including the Asia Media Centre), research, sport and Track II (informal) diplomacy.
For more information contact:
Director media and communications
04 470 8701